There’s a statistic that you may not have ever heard of, but it’s definitely being tracked, and that is the number of homes a buyer views before purchasing. The average has been decreasing, and sits at 8 — a record low — as of last year, compared to a peak of 12 a decade ago. It was holding steady around 10 between 2014 and 2019. As far as length of search time, it’s only ever been lower in the early 2000s.
Part of the recent dropoff is due to low inventory and the heavy competition that followed lockdowns. After all, you can’t look at many homes if there aren’t many to look at and you’re being encouraged to make quick decisions. That’s not the entire story, though. What has enabled buyers to make such quick decisions is technology. Internet-based methods of home viewing are becoming increasingly popular, such as virtual tours and highly detailed photography and videography.